As your Bellingham Urologists, we specialize in Urge Incontinence, Stress Incontinence, Overflow Incontinence, and Mixed Incontinence. Learn more by starting the conversation with our expert staff or by requesting an appointment.
Urinary incontinence, defined as the involuntary leakage of urine, is a common problem, often under-reported, can affect all ages, and occurs in both men and women. Incontinence can be minor and infrequent, a source of discomfort, inconvenient, and perhaps embarrassing. Symptoms, frequency, and severity can all change over time. Any type or degree of incontinence is certainly a matter to discuss with a qualified urologist.
At Bellingham Urology, we treat all forms of incontinence, in men and women of all ages, as well as children. We provide caring, discreet treatment to control symptoms and address underlying causes.
Types of Incontinence
- Urge Incontinence. Occurring in both men and women, urge incontinence is characterized by a sudden and undeniable need to urinate, followed by leakage. The need is frequently so sudden and strong that the patient is unable to make it to the bathroom in time. Urge incontinence often affects the patient’s ability to sleep through the night.
- Stress Incontinence. More common in women but occasionally occurring in men, stress incontinence is characterized by urine leakage caused by sneezes, coughs, laughter, or exercise, even movement as basic as rising from a seated position.
- Overflow Incontinence. The bladder doesn’t feel empty—and isn’t, in fact, empty—despite frequent or recent urination. Overflow incontinence is more common in men and often caused by prostate illness or enlargement. It does also occur in women.
- Mixed Incontinence. More than one of the above types of incontinence is present.
Men can and do suffer from the above types, though overflow incontinence is the most common.
Causes of male incontinence include:
- Enlarged prostate
- Prostate cancer
- Neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and stroke
- Urinary tract infections
- Blockage in the urinary tract, including tumors
- Aging, which can be accompanied by laxity or weakness of muscles
Lifestyle factors which can contribute to male incontinence:
- Carbonated beverages
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Acidic foods, including citrus fruits and juices
- Sedentary lifestyle
At Bellingham Urology, we treat all forms of incontinence, beginning with the patient, a thorough examination and consultation. We will treat with the least invasive, effective method. Our goal is to relieve your symptoms and return you to your best health and function as quickly as possible.